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Match Review Panel full statement: round three

The AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the matches played in round three of the 2016 Toyota AFL premiership season. The following charges were laid:

Charges Laid:
Troy Chaplin, Richmond, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Wayne Milera, Adelaide Crows, during the third quarter of the Round Three match between Richmond and the Adelaide Crows, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 9, 2016. 

In summary, he can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Adelaide Crows Football Club, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the body. The incident was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1000 sanction.

Bernie Vince, Melbourne, has been charged with striking Jamie Macmillan, North Melbourne, during the third quarter of the Round Three match between Melbourne and North Melbourne, played at Blundstone Arena on Sunday April 10, 2016.

In summary, he can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the North Melbourne Football Club, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was classified as a two-match sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a one-match sanction.

Grant Birchall, Hawthorn, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Jordan Roughead, Western Bulldogs, during the first quarter of the Round Three match between Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday April 10, 2016. 

In summary, he can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea. 

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Western Bulldogs Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with medium impact to the body. The incident was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable record which impacts the penalty. An early plea enables the player to accept a $1000 sanction. 

Other Incidents Assessed:
The match day charge laid against the Brisbane Lions’ Mitch Robinson for engaging in rough conduct against the Geelong Cats’ Joel Selwood was assessed. The ball was bounced and Selwood got a quick kick away from the contest as his opponent Robinson came in to bump him. A free kick was paid at the time for the high contact. It was the view of the panel there was insufficient force in the high contact to constitute a report. No further action was taken. 

Contact between Collingwood’s Levi Greenwood and St Kilda’s Nick Riewoldt from the second quarter of Saturday’s game was assessed. The panel said that the ball was loose in St Kilda’s forward line with Riewoldt and St Kilda’s Tom Hickey moving towards the ball. Greenwood was approaching the two St Kilda players to contest the ball. Riewoldt bent down to collect the ball with Hickey immediately next to him, and Riewoldt took the ball with his head down. As Greenwood approached to tackle, Riewoldt was unable to turn away due to the presence of Hickey on his right, who pushed his St Kilda teammate back towards the Collingwood player’s tackle. High contact was made in the tackle with a free kick paid at the time for the infringement. Having spoken to both umpires who were near the incident on match day, it was the view of the panel that Greenwood was seeking to tackle and the high contact was caused by circumstances outside the control of the Collingwood player. No further action was taken.